Chinese chip maker Allwinner is laying out plans for its upcoming processors and providing more details about two chips we’ve already heard a bit about: The Allwinner A23 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 chip for budget tablets and the upcoming Allwinner A80 octa-core chip for higher-end devices.
The company is also laying out plans for its first 64-bit chips, although it could be a while before they’re ready to ship.
Allwinner calls the A23 the most efficient dual-core processor, which is probably a matter up for debate. But this chip is designed to offer low power consumption and moderate performance.
It features ARM Mali 400 MP2 graphics with support for OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics and 1080p HD video encodign and decoding. But this is clearly a chip aimed at budget devices, with support for screen resolutions up to 1280 x 800 pixels, 5MP cameras, and other mid-range specs.
Meanwhile the company plans to offer a line of octa-core chips under the Allwinner A8x brand. Like Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa, these chips will combine ARM Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 processor cores, and applications will be able to use up to all 8 CPU cores at once.
Allwinner plans to release the first A8x series chips in the first quarter of 2014. The company plans to follow that chip up with an A7x chip in early 2015, and by late 2015 the company will introduced a 64-bit chip based on ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 architecture.